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Sometimes everyone is faced with leftovers Simple Baked Spaghetti. That perfect meal that gives a new life to leftover food.

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Baked Spaghetti in Individual Baking Dish
Baked Spaghetti in Individual Baking Dish

Frugal Living

If you are like me, you are frugal when it comes to the family food budget.

Fresh Tomatoes
Fresh Tomatoes

If you have fresh garden tomatoes, making a spaghetti sauce would be a great option.

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Tastes so good.

It is very hard to waste food when I think about all that goes into everything we eat; from the farms to our family. Therefore, when I had spaghetti in the refrigerator for four days, I wanted to make something new with it so my family would use it up.

Spaghetti Sauce
Spaghetti Sauce

Leftover Spaghetti is Now Simple Baked Spaghetti

Even to make the simple baked spaghetti, I used what I had in my refrigerator. It was extremely easy because everything was already pre-cooked.  All I had to do was layer the ingredients into a casserole dish. Now, that is my kind of meal. I did serve a salad along with the baked spaghetti to round out the meal.

Store Leftovers Separately

I store my leftover cooked spaghetti and spaghetti sauce in separate containers in the refrigerator. It lends itself well to this recipe. My spaghetti sauce was a meat sauce.

Baked Spaghetti in Individual Baking Dish
Baked Spaghetti in Individual Baking Dish

New Weeknight Meal from Leftovers

Combine pasta with a spaghetti sauce, cheese, and bake in the oven until bubbly. The gooey cheesy goodness combined with the fresh sauce and the comforting pasta make just a delicious weeknight meal.

Baked Spaghetti in Casserole Dish
Baked Spaghetti in Casserole Dish
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Simple Baked Spaghetti

Baked spaghetti is a great variation on traditional spaghetti. This is a bit more cheesy and just the right amount of sauce and cheese.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Main Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Beef, Cheese, Comfort food, Pasta, recipe
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 273kcal

Ingredients

  • 8 Oz. Thin spaghetti cooked and drained (mine was previously cooked and in a storage container in the refrigerator)
  • 16 Oz. Cottage cheese
  • 2 Cups Spaghetti Sauce I used my leftover meat sauce. (Mine was previously cooked and in a storage container)
  • 1/4 Cup Parmesan/Romano Cheese Sprinkled on
  • 1 1/2 Cups Cheddar Cheese Shredded

Instructions

  • Heat oven to 400 degrees. Spray 9X13 pan. Add leftover spaghetti pasts and break apart and cover bottom of pan.
  • Add cottage cheese by tablespoons on top all over the casserole dish and spread a bit once all spooned on to help distribute evenly.
  • Add the leftover spaghetti sauce by spoonfuls as well. Once on, spread to help distribute evenly.
  • Sprinkle on the Parmesan/Romano cheese (yes, the kind in the canister).
  • Sprinkle on the shredded cheddar cheese.
  • Cover with foil, bake at 400 degrees 50 minutes. Remove foil and bake another 10 minutes. Enjoy!

Notes

Nutrition

Calories: 273kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 711mg | Potassium: 346mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 581IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 251mg | Iron: 1mg

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Spaghetti Sauce

Make your own spaghetti sauce at home. Even better if you use your own homegrown tomatoes. If you don't have those you can still make this delicious sauce at home.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: Sauce, spaghetti
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 373kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Ground Beef or Italian Sausage
  • 1 Small Onion Diced
  • 2 cloves Garlic Minced
  • 15 ounces Tomato Sauce Or cooked down tomatoes
  • 6 Ounces Tomato Paste
  • 2 Teaspoons Italian Seasoning
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Parsley Flakes
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Granulated Sugar
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • Pinch Red Pepper Flakes to taste
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1/4 Cup Fresh Basil Leaves
  • 8 Ounces Tomatoes Diced, optional

Instructions

  • Brown meat, onion, garlic, and seasoning over medium-high heat making sure to break up the meat very well. (Drain any fat if necessary).
  • Once the meat is cooked through, Add tomato sauce, tomato paste, Italian seasoning, parsley, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, salt and pepper to the skillet.
  • Add water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Add basil the last 5 minutes of cooking, if desired. (You can use dried basil. Just reduce the amount to a tablespoon if using dried. Additionally, if using dried, add it when adding the other spices).
    Adding Fresh Basil to the Spaghetti Sauce
  • Sometimes, I like to add the 8 ounces of tomatoes the last few minutes. It gives just that extra tomato-fresh taste to the sauce.

Notes

Serve on  cooked pasta. Sprinkle Parmesan and Romano cheese on top if desired. 

Nutrition

Calories: 373kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 1271mg | Potassium: 1347mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 1885IU | Vitamin C: 32mg | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 5mg

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